Ferdinand to escape action for sarcastic applause
Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action from UEFA for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at Old Trafford on Tuesday night
The Manchester United defender confronted Cakir after his decision to send off Nani during the Champions League last-16 match against Real Madrid which United lost 2-1 for a 3-2 aggregate defeat.
After receiving the referee’s report however, UEFA will take no action against Ferdinand.
A UEFA spokesman told PA Sport: “From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action apart from the disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United for the red card of Nani and for post-match media obligations not being fulfilled.”
UEFA’s disciplinary body will assess whether Nani’s red card for a high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa was worthy of punishment beyond an automatic one-match ban.